England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has backed Adam Crozier, the FA chief executive who has been accused by representatives of the Premier League of abusing his powers.

Crozier was instrumental in the appointment of Eriksson as national boss, but now a number of Premier League chairmen are lobbying for his removal. The Scot has been accused of acting beyond his remit by making decisions without consulting the Premier League or FA officials.

Chelsea chairman Ken Bates recently called on Crozier to resign and speculation isgrowing that the chief executive could be forced out.

Eriksson is close to Crozier and has made it known that he fully supports the beleagured chief executive.

The Swede’s personal manager Athole Still said: ‘I spoke to Sven, and he was very concerned at the possibility of losing the special relationship he has with Adam Crozier.

‘The absolute support, both personally and professionally, he has always received from Adam has been a very significant factor in his ongoing commitment to the national team.’

Crozier is expected to meet FA chairman Geoff Thompson this week to discuss his position.